Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer went through the various implausible reasons of President Trump's motivation to fire FBI Director James Comey, and argued his way to one plausible explanation. He made the comments to Bret Baier on Fox News Tuesday.
"Charles this is pretty amazing as it develops and I don't think we have the full context yet," Baier prompted Krauthammer.
"It is so amazing that I think we are only at the very beginning of the story," Krauthammer agreed. "Here's what's so odd about it."
"This is about according to the letter by the deputy Attorney General, this is about something that occurred on July the 5th. So we start out with something that is highly implausible," he explained.
"If that was so offensive to the Trump administration," he continued, "what you would have done is in the transition you would have spoken with Comey and said, 'we're gonna let you go.' That's when a president could very easily make a decision to have a change. That's not unprecedented. But to fire him summarily with no warning, in the middle of May, because it only happened in July, it's almost inexplicable."
"Second, the reason ostensibly, as you read in that letter, for doing something you're not supposed to do, to usurp the Attorney General, but second to release all that information which was damaging to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump's opponent. Do we really believe that Donald trump after all these months decided suddenly he had to fire this guy because he damaged Hillary back in July?"
"Another implausible conjecture," he concludes.
"We are left to believe that it might have something to do with the egregious mistake that Comey made in the testimony this week."
"Although, it's not mentioned in any of the letters," Baier interjected.
"Not mentioned anywhere," Krauthammer agreed, "but if you're saying the ostensible reasons are implausible..."
"...then you're looking to hang it on something," Baier added.
"...on something that we have not heard about," Krauthammer continued. "And we end up with that very strange clause that you read in the letter from Trump to Comey."
"While I greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation," he said, quoting from the letter Trump sent to Comey.
"Who has been talking about FBI investigations on Trump?" Krauthammer asked. "This sort of explodes on us without any preparation, without any background."
"I suspect where this is going to go - is to that clause," Krauthammer concludes, ominously.
President Trump sent the news cycle into a tailspin once again Tuesday when it was announced that he had fired James Comey and would seek another FBI Director. Democrats immediately declared it a "constitutional crisis" and decried the move, saying that it sounded like a cover up. CNN's legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called it a "grotesque abuse of power."
Deputy Director Andrew McCabe becomes the acting director until the Trump administration finds Comey's replacement.